Ethics With Aristotle

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Oxford University Press, Jan 10, 1991 - Philosophy - 480 pages
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In this incisive study Sarah Broadie gives an argued account of the main topics of Aristotle's ethics: eudaimonia, virtue, voluntary agency, practical reason, akrasia, pleasure, and the ethical status of theoria. She explores the sense of "eudaimonia," probes Aristotle's division of the soul and its virtues, and traces the ambiguities in "voluntary." Fresh light is shed on his comparison of practical wisdom with other kinds of knowledge, and a realistic account is developed of Aristototelian deliberation. The concept of pleasure as value-judgment is expounded, and the problem of akrasia is argued to be less of a problem to Aristotle than to his modern interpreters. Showing that the theoretic ideal of Nicomachean Ethics X is in step with the earlier emphasis on practice, as well as with the doctrine of the Eudemian Ethics, this work makes a major contribution towards the understanding of Aristotle's ethics.
  

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Contents

Happiness the Supreme End
3
The Statesmans Objective
8
Method and Starting Points
17
What is Happiness?
24
Happiness Denned
34
Taking Stock of the Definition
41
On the Other Goods and the Scope of Happiness
50
Virtues and Parts of the Soul
57
Practical Truth
219
The Works of Reason
225
End and Means in Deliberation
232
Character and Intelligence in Deliberation I
242
Character and Intelligence in Deliberation II
250
Incontinence
266
How Incontinence Is Possible I
274
How Incontinence Is Possible II
280

Division of the Soul I
61
Division of the Soul II
67
Preliminaries on the Development of Virtue
72
Virtue of Character and the Orthos Logos
74
A Prohairetic State
78
Conditions of Virtuous Action
82
With Pleasure and for the Sake of the Noble
90
The Status of the Mean
95
How We Learn to Be Good
103
A Basis for Justice
110
The Voluntary
124
Strains inthe Voluntary
132
Excuses and Nonexcuses
142
It Depends on Him
149
Character as Voluntary I
159
Character as Voluntary II
164
Practical Wisdom
179
The Purpose of NE Book VI
185
Probing the Craft Analogy
190
Against the Grand End View
198
Practice and Production
202
Thought and Desire in Rational Choice
212
Incontinent Ignorance
287
Essential Features and Contingent Manifestations
292
Aristotles Analysis
297
Pleasure
313
Pleasure and Natural Inclination
320
The Challenge of Neutralism
324
Pleasure as ValueJudgment
331
Against the Process Theory
339
Nature Pleasure and Reason
346
The Limits of Hedonism
353
Aristotles Values
366
The Problem
370
Goods and Ends in the Eudemian Ethics
373
Theoria in the Eudemian Ethics
383
A Sketch of the Nicomachean Position
388
The Need to Justify Theoria
392
Divine Activity versus Human Happiness
398
Living like the Gods
408
Works Cited
439
Name Index
445
Index Locorum Aristotelis
453
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